You might not visit Kenya fearing of colluding with the law or act of parliament you have heard through the vibrant local and international media. This may deny you the opportunity to see the drama in Kenya. To any visitor the law may be an abyss- so harsh to the extent of terming all Kenyans as law makers.
Yes it is but the fact is very little is done to enforce the law with both the law makers and the law enforcers so helpless on the way forward.so be cool.
It is in Kenya where many acts of parliament are meant to come into effect once an influential member of parliament creates a bill that may protect or grant him or her fame then its put in place without proper laid out modalities of implementation.
The tobacco control act was unanimously passed by parliament in 2007 and effected in 2008. In the act tobacco smoking was totally not allowed in public places. A legal framework for controlling the production, manufacture, sale, advertising and use tobacco products was put in place.so painful it was for smokers .
The act was indeed so scary. The whole Nation was in a standstill for this brave attempt. But the question is has the act really regulated the use of tobacco and its products in the country?
At the time it was put in place -strict regulations attached none would think that any one would smoke in the city center or in a public bus and still go scoot free. Try facing any of the men and women in uniform whether tobacco smoking is illegal in public places.Its certain that many would not be quite sure whether such law exist.They may only act especially the city askaris on the grounds that its unethical.
The scenario applies to the National Environmental Management Authority(NE MA)'s
Noise and Excessive vibration Pollution Control act of 2008.Immediately after the erstwhile Environment minister John Michuki spearheaded the process things seemed to be working but soon disintegrated in the way as only few were arrested and that was the end of the story.Today noise pollution is official and the usual shouting touts still louder than ever before .what happened? .what has the government lacked of late in handling this.
Let the weak trend not derail even the constitutional implementation process and undermine the fruit of our labor and clamor for democracy in this country.
Henry Ericks Onyango.Kenya poly varsity.